Best Places To Visit Santa Claus with Westchester Kids

Santa in Yonkers, White Plains, Valhalla, Yorktown, special needs
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For those who celebrate Christmas, the holiday season is hardly complete without a trip to visit Santa. Lucky for us, there's no shortage of places in Westchester where kids can have a meet-and-greet with the big guy, and we’ve rounded them up for you here. If you’re looking for a photo opp for your little ones (and your pets!), these Santa sightings are sure to delight you and your little ones this holiday season.

Want an even more relaxed environment? Check out some of the breakfasts with Santa occurring throughout Westchester. 

For even more holiday activities, see our coverage on holiday tree lightings and performances of the The Nutcracker, all happening in Westchester.

Santa is Waiting - White Plains
The Westchester Mall, 125 Westchester Avenue
Now through Dec. 24, 2017
Santa is welcoming visitors at the Westchester Mall. If your little ones are scared to sit for a photo, they can still gawk and enjoy the magic of seeing Santa in person from the floors above. Santa is located on Retail Level 1, Center Court. The sensory-friendly Caring Santa visit will be held on Sunday, November 19, 2017.

Santa's Winter Wonderland - Yonkers
Cross County Shopping Center, 8000 Mall Walk
Now through Dec. 24, 2017
Check out Santa’s Winter Wonderland and have your kids’ photo taken with Santa at Cross County Shopping Center. A free gift is included. Prepay for photos online to reserve a spot in the line.

Santa’s Cottage – Yonkers
Now through Dec. 24, 2017
This brand-new Ridge Hill experience replaces the DreamWorks Animation Adventure to Santa from previous years. Families can make reservations online, but they’re not required.

Photos with Santa - White Plains
The Galleria Mall, 100 Main Street
Now through Dec. 24, 2017
Santa and his helpers will be at the Galleria Mall this season. Kids can find him on Fashion Level 2 and have their photos taken with the big guy. Pets can take photos from 6-8pm on Dec. 14!

Photos with Santa - Yorktown Heights
Jefferson Valley Mall, 650 Lee Boulevard
Now through Dec. 24, 2017
Santa and his team will be visiting the Jefferson Valley Mall in Yorktown Heights. Little ones can share their wish list and take a photo with St. Nick.

Westchester's Winter Wonderland - Valhalla
Kensico Dam Plaza, 1 Bronx River Parkway
Now through Dec. 31, 2017
Winter Wonderland at Kensico Dam features a holiday light display, ice skating rink, sleigh rides, boutique vendors and the Santa Experience, where kids can meet Santa and take pictures. Admission to Winter Wonderland is $15 per person (plus $2.15 service fee). All attractions are included. Kids 5 and under are FREE. 

Santa Land – West Nyack
Palisades Center, 1000 Palisades Center Dr
Now through December 24, 2017
In addition to traditional photos with Santa, kids can also enjoy Tuesdays with Santa with a special story time in Santa Land. The sensory-friendly Santa Cares visit for children with special needs will be on Sunday, November 26. Pet photos will be available on December 3, 10 and 17. Santa is located in West Court on Level 1.

For more holiday fun, check out or Holiday Fun Guide! And don't forget our Event Calendar, full of events happening throughout Westchester.

This post was originally published in 2014 and has been updated for 2017. 

The Westchester Mall
125 Westchester Avenue
White Plains , NY 41° 1' 51.9672" N, 73° 45' 35.8272" W
New York
Cross County Shopping Center
8000 Mall Walk
Yonkers , NY 40° 55' 42.3228" N, 73° 51' 15.5304" W
New York
The Galleria Mall
100 Main Street
White Plains , NY 41° 1' 53.1552" N, 73° 46' 11.5212" W
New York
Jefferson Valley Mall
650 Lee Boulevard
Yorktown Heights , NY 41° 19' 42.8736" N, 73° 48' 27.6552" W
New York
Westchester's Ridge Hill
1 Ridge Hill Boulevard
Yonkers , NY 40° 57' 41.8716" N, 73° 51' 20.2932" W
New York
Kensico Dam Plaza
1 Bronx River Parkway
Valhalla , NY 41° 3' 46.422" N, 73° 46' 27.9732" W
New York
Palisades Center
1000 Palisades Center Dr
West Nyack , NY 41° 5' 52.9332" N, 73° 57' 24.3504" W
New York